Hungarian heavy metal veterans KALAPÁCS have just released their 10th studio album called Örökfekete (English translation: Everblack) today via Hammer Records. A lyric video for the first new song ‘A lángok évada’ was premiered last week and can be seen below. The disc was recorded by László Weisz at his very own studio, Ecseri Vasmű. The cover art was designed by Ádám Devecz (SNDSGN / HammerWorld).
Kalapács was formed by Hungarian heavy metal singer József Kalapács in 2000 after participating in successful bands like Pokolgép and Omen in the ‘80s and ‘90s respectively. The band’s name means Hammer, and that is indeed his real surname.
You can order the new album’s limited special digipak version by contacting the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2-disc digipak version – beside the 12 brand new songs – also contains the “Félszáz év Total / 30 év Metal” (English translation: Half-Hundred Years Total / 30 Years of Metal) bonus DVD, recorded at the 50th birthday concert of József Kalapács in 2015. This version is limited to 1000 copies and comes with a signed poster.
THY CATAFALQUE are premiering the second amazing song taken from their forthcoming new masterpiece, ‘Geometria’. The album is scheduled for release on May 4th, 2018.
Mastermind Tamás Kátai states: “This is a song about soil on more than one level and symbolically deals with the duality of matter and other dimensions. Stars in my eyes, mud on my heart. The title translates as ‘Mud Man’ and it features Gyula Vasvári from Perihelion on vocals and Misha Doumnov on violin.”
The artwork of ‘Geometria’, which has been created by Tamás Kátai himself, can be viewed below.
THY CATAFALQUE do not pretend to produce easy-listening music that comes as easy as it quickly fades out of the mind again. ‘Geometria’ demands to be listened to with full attention, but with every new spin this masterpiece reveals more of its secrets and rewards the listener with a rich treasure of fascinating details.
On their fourth full-length, ‘Róka hasa radio’ (2009), THY CATAFALQUEinvited Ágnes Tóth from neo-folk outfit THE MOON AND THE NIGHTSPIRIT to add her haunting female vocals. With fifth album ‘Rengeteg’ (2011), Tamás Kátai finally went solo with the help of hired guest musicians that again included Ágnes Tóth. Dubbing his eclectic musical amalgamation avant-garde metal, the Hungarian explored new sonic possibilities with ‘Sgúrr’ (2015). The sixth full-length turned out to be slightly more complex than its successor, ‘Meta’ (2016), which returned to a more direct approach without losing the steadily growing sonic diversity.
Originally, THY CATAFALQUE emerged as a black metal band founded by singer Tamás Kátai with the aid of guitarist János Juhász. Following their joined debut ‘Sublunary Tragedies’ (1999), the Hungarians evolved into quite different directions, but steadily gaining more followers in the process through the following albums, ‘Microcosmos’ (2001) and the self-released ‘Tűnő idő tárlat’ (2004).
Yet, THY CATAFALQUE come out as a sonic entity far more than just its combined parts. What could quickly end up as an academic exercise and meaningless jumble comes in fact across with emotional depth and beautiful soundscapes that render the seams of their components invisible by ingeniously fitting every tessera into a greater musical picture.
THY CATAFALQUE are delivering another spectacular musical mosaic with their eighth full-length, entitled ‘Geometria’. The project’s sole mastermind, Tamás Kátai has one again assembled pieces out of such diverse genres as ambient, folklore, jazz, metal, electronica, rock, pop, wave, and other styles that each taken for itself seems not to fit easily to the other parts.